For most people, childbirth is a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, for others this celebration is cut short by birth injuries. Immediately before, during, and after birth is an extremely vulnerable time for both children and mothers. Even the slightest mistake could cause permanent injuries or even death. For families with children that suffered a birth injury, it can be difficult to find out how the injury happened because hospitals often do not admit their mistakes. With the help of an experienced birth injury attorney, victims and their families can obtain justice and compensation to cover the cost of medical care.
Types of Birth Injuries
There are a number of different birth injuries children can suffer from. Some injuries occur as a result of physical movement. For instance, a physician may pull on the baby’s head to help with delivery, but if this is not done correctly, it can cause Shoulder Dystocia. Shoulder Dystocia occurs when an infant’s head and shoulders become stuck behind its mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. This can create an incredibly dangerous situation for both the mother and the baby. The mother can suffer a life-threatening hemorrhage while the baby can experience difficulty breathing, a collarbone fracture, damage to the spine, and other serious complications. Similarly, doctors who use vacuums or forceps during delivery put babies at an increased risk of injury if too much force is used on the baby. Newborns can suffer permanent brain damage or nerve damage from improper use of these tools.
Another common type of birth injury occurs when there is damage to a baby’s spinal cord. One such injury is referred to as Erb’s Palsy, and it occurs when there is an injury to the nerves in the C5 and C6 vertebrae. Erb’s Palsy can be mild or serious, and infants can suffer a weakness or complete paralysis in the limbs. Infants can also suffer from a Brachial Plexus Injury, which occurs when certain nerves are damaged during childbirth. Babies can develop Erb’s Palsy, Cerebral Palsy, Neuropraxia, Klumpke’s Palsy, or Neuroma as a result.
Both the mother and baby can also suffer serious injuries when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain, called Hypoxia. This lack of oxygen can cause permanent damage or even death. In babies, Hypoxia can also cause Cerebral Palsy, which can produce developmental delays and require a lifetime of medical care.
Getting Justice After A Birth Injury
Because both mothers and children are extremely vulnerable around birth, it is incredibly important for physicians and healthcare providers to provide a certain standard of care to prevent injuries. However, this doesn’t always happen. If your baby suffered a birth injury in a Houston hospital, call the birth injury lawyers at Blizzard Law today for a free consultation to discuss your case.